Youth and Dissent

Youth and Dissent : The Rise of a New Opposition

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  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 157.48 x 238.76 x 43.18mm | 793.78g
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
  • New York, United Kingdom
  • 0151998906
  • 9780151998906

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This collection of '60's essays by the well-known psychologist deals with the same themes as his books The Uncommitted (1965) and The Young Radicals (1968). In discussing the student movement, historical change, political psychology and youth, Keniston is amazed in 1963 that there are so few radicals, then dismayed by the "extremists," and in 1970 concludes that what is needed is a synthesis of Consciousness III enthusiasm with Consciousness II professionalism. He is sensitive and sometimes insightful when dealing with individual student radicals, but his explanatory conceptions remain vague and Sunday-supplementary. He makes much of rapid change as a causal factor, as if it weren't characteristic of all periods since the Industrial Revolution. Other handy notions include "the technetronic society" and its "post-conventional," "post-relativistic," "post-industrial" aspects. As in The Young Radicals family ties and moral principles are stressed, rather than their intellectual development or. the crisis of moral authority in society at large. Now that Keniston's rejection of the Oedipal-rebellion and over-permissiveness theories of student protest have gained wider currency, the limits of his positive analysis are more apparent. And especially now that the "superemployable" and "super-affluent" student is becoming increasingly unrepresentative, student consciousness will have to be discussed with more precise attention to its links with material as well as spiritual conditions. (Kirkus Reviews)
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